HC Deb 10 March 1964 vol 691 cc32-3W
54. Mr. Vane

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs whether, in view of his decisions concerning the proposals put forward by the Local Government Commission for Wales, he will now delay progress on any reviews currently being undertaken by the English Commission, on any recommendations put to him concerning England and on any draft orders now awaiting consideration by Parliament, since large parts of rural England equally with Wales are mountainous in character, sparsely populated or ill provided with means of easy communication.

Sir K. Joseph

No. I cannot agree that these conditions prevail generally in England, as they certainly do in Wales, and I am satisfied that the present reviews of local government reorganisation in England should go ahead with all possible speed.